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Friday, June 19, 2020

Ugh, Wrinkles! What Can You Do About Them?

Aging of the skin is a natural process by which the collagen and elastin, which keep our skin looking firm and youthful, begin to decline, resulting in wrinkles. Cell production and cell quality also diminish over time, which further contributes to the appearance of wrinkles. These kinds of aging-related factors unfortunately are out of our control, for the most part.  Diet and supplements can slow down the process, but it's hard for them stop it altogether.

The influences that are within our control are largely environmental such as pollution (e.g., smoking) and sun damage. Here are 20 easy ways to reduce wrinkles and slow down the aging process.

1.    Stop smoking. (It’s #1 for reasons beyond just your skin's health and condition.)

2.    Always use a natural (mineral) sunscreen whether it’s cloudy or sunny.

3.    Hydrate your skin by drinking about 8 glasses of water a day.

4.    Use skin care products that contain antioxidants and AHAs.

5.    Moisturize the skin on your face twice daily.

6.    Reduce stress. (Try reading, exercising, meditating -- 15 minutes a day is a good start.)

7.    Reduce alcohol consumption. Over-indulging can put an enormous strain on your system and will accelerate the formation of wrinkles.

8.    Eat healthily by incorporating plenty of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet.

9.    Sleep at least 8 hours every night.

10.   Eat fish three times a week. Great for the skin and general health.

11.   Check with your doctor about taking supplements, as your diet may be lacking some important wrinkle-fighting nutrients.

12.   Use an eye cream for the delicate skin around the eyes nightly.

13.   Facial scrubs remove the build up of dead cells that can increase the appearance of wrinkles, so try this weekly.

14.   Use natural skin care products that will nourish your skin and give it lots of vitamins and minerals to help it stay fresh and healthy.

15.   Jojoba oil resembles the skins natural oils. Dab this around the eyes to keep wrinkles at bay.

16.  Take vitamin C supplements and use products that contain vitamin C, as it will help boost your collagen.

17.   Start a good skin care routine in your 20s. Prevention is easier than the cure.

18.   Honey is known worldwide for its beneficial abilities. Use a honey mask weekly. Simply apply the honey to your face and neck and leave for 30 minutes, then rinse off. This mask will "feed" your skin with nutrients.

19.    Aloe vera and avocado oil both have the ability to prevent the skin from drying out; they are both used to improve the skin's elasticity.

20.    A soothing way to help achieve a wrinkle-free face is to lie on your back with your knees elevated by placing a pillow or cushion beneath them.  Try this when you are watching TV or reading.

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